Let’s face it, granola is one of those “go to” snacks similar to trail mix we all love to reach for during our busy days. This Low-Fat Cinnamon Nut Granola will definitely be one of your favorite snacks once you try it.
However, this version will not be loaded with fat and sugar like many of the store-bought versions. Not only are most of those commercial granolas unhealthy but they can be expensive too.
You won’t believe how easy this homemade low fat granola recipe is to make from scratch and it doesn’t take long to make. Enjoy a few spoonfuls on your favorite yogurt or mix it with fresh fruit. Try making your own soy yogurt as well!
This low fat low sugar granola recipe contains soluble fiber from the oats AND pistachios which have been found to help decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease by significantly reducing LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol levels.
Don’t feel guilty about this healthy low fat granola recipe. I recently updated this recipe to include whole grain puffed corn and puffed Kamut which are easily found at Whole Foods (see photos.)
Displayed are the Arrowhead Mills brand but you can stick with just oats if you like. They shrink down a bit so don’t be afraid of the quantity. It is perfect for a puffed kamut granola.
Remember the key with this recipe for low fat granola and others like it are using high-quality, fresh ingredients. When you are eating snacks like plant based granola and trail mix that are usually eaten raw or slightly baked, it’s important to make sure all of the ingredients are really good quality.
Don’t skimp on the nuts and dried fruit as this low fat homemade granola will come in handy when you take it with you on adventures. I’ve elaborated more about Roasting Nuts and Seeds at Home in this article.
If your craving breakfast, be sure to check out these recipes:
- Easy Breakfast Chia Pudding
- Mint Chocolate Smoothie
- Green Berry Smoothie
- Cornmeal Waffles
- Chai Spice Apple Muffins
This low-fat granola packs well so snack on it when you hike, travel, picnic, family outings or any adventure. The entire family will be reaching for this yummy treat and they won’t miss that clumpy, coated, sugary, store-bought mess. Read about Eating Packaged Foods on a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet.
Dried apricots or cherries work really well too if you’re worried about the sugar from raisins. Or unsweetened cranberries would work well.
I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below for this Low Fat Cinnamon Nut Granola! If you have a photo, post it on my Facebook page, tag me using the hashtag #plantbasedcooking
Originally Posted November 23, 2011.
Low Fat Cinnamon Nut Granola
- 2 cups whole oats (use gluten-free if needed)
- 2 cups puffed corn
- 2 cups puffed millet
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds walnuts or pistachios
- 3/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 cup date syrup or maple syrup
- 1 dropper full Stevia liquid sweetener (optional)
- 2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon*
- 1 tsp vanilla extract non-alcoholic preferred
- dash sea salt
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
- Measure oats, puffed corn and millet into a large bowl and add nuts.
- In a separate small bowl, add applesauce, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt and mix well.
- Add liquid ingredients to the cereals and stir to combine.
- Spread on two baking sheets covered with parchment paper.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes turning every 15 minutes until lightly browned.
- Add dried fruit (and shredded coconut if using) and stir.